Joyce Boutilier Hersey

OAKFIELD - Joyce Boutilier Hersey, 82, went to be with her Lord Jan. 13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1930, in Oakfield, the daughter of Wendell and Gladys (Parker) Boutilier.

She was married to the love of her life, Hilton Hersey and they were married for more than 50 years. She was most content spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joyce spent numerous hours sewing and tailoring for the Maine State Police and was a member of Oakfield Baptist Church.

She is survived by four children, Wilbur and Jill Hersey of Hampden, Linnwood and Athlea Hersey, David and Karla Hersey, and Melanie and Kirby Hardy Sr., all of Oakfield; grandchildren, Stephanie Emery and husband, Joe, Kathy Bushey and husband, Ryan, Jaime Hersey, Janice Rushton and husband, Jerrod, Randi Hardy and husband, Kirby, Olivia Shields and husband, Jordan, Valerie Byers and husband, Richard, Lacey McGary and special friend, Becky Condon, Lauren and William McGary, and Tristen Hardy; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Garrett Sommers, James Hersey and Padme' Hardy, Jayden and Jordyn Ruston, Emily and Jacob Bushey, Cami, Ally and Beckett Shields, and Laklynn Byers; brothers, Dale and Leonard Boutilier; sisters, Lois Sommers and Donna Hersey of Oakfield, and Janet Harvey of Patten; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Maddie and Sophie. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Hilton; sister, Jean Crandall; brother, Everett Boutilier; and great-grandson, Braydon Andrew Byers. The family would like to thank Janet Rockwell for all of her help and compassion.

Friends may call 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Pentecostal Church, Oakfield, with funeral services being held 3 p.m. with Pastor Sterling Lawrence officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sarah's House, a hospitality home made available for families of cancer patients. Donations may be made through Bowers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 579, Houlton, ME 04730. To leave condolences and sign a guest book, please visit

Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 14, 2013